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50+ Ways to Improve Your Classroom with Technology

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Tons of my favorite tools and tips for using those tools in the classroom. Newly updated for the Josten's Rennassance Conference in Orlando . You can do so many things with technology - start with what you want to do and move from there.

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50+ Ways to Improve Your Classroom with Technology

  1. 1. Super Selfie Moment Celebrate the joy by taking a selfie with a friend or random stranger Upload it to your favorite social media and tag it #JRNC
  2. 2. Fantastic Tools for Schools 50+ ways to rock! Vicki Davis, Teacher Slides and Links will be posted at www.coolcatteacher.com/JRNC
  3. 3. Fantastic Tools for Schools 50+ ways to rock! Vicki Davis, Teacher • Let’s play Kahoot!
  4. 4. Pick threeThe power of Three!
  5. 5. Some favorite new tools  Kahoot  Plickers  Telegami  Thinklink  Tiny Tap Learn More: Epic Ebook Guide http://www.coolcatteacher.com/epic-ebook-guide/ ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? Random Awesomeness
  6. 6. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  7. 7. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  8. 8. http://tinyurl.com/kindle-notecard ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? Learn More: Chapter 3, Reinventing Writing
  9. 9. 5 Most popular ebook readers  Kindle  iBook  Nook  Kobo  Google Play Books Learn More: Epic Ebook Guide http://www.coolcatteacher.com/epic-ebook-guide/ ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #1 Reinventing Paper
  10. 10. 10 Places to Find, Download & Read Free or Inexpensive eBooks Site Link Site Link Project Gutenberg www.gutenberg. org eReaderIQ www.ereaderiq. com Free Booksy www.freebooksy. com Book Bub www.bookbub.c om Bookish www.bookish.co m Hundred Zeroes www.hundredzer oes.com Goodreaders www.goodreads. com What Should I Read Next? www.whatshould ireadnext.com Which Book www.openingthe book.com/which book Calibre www.calibre- ebook.com Learn More: Epic Ebook Guide http://www.coolcatteacher.com/epic-ebook-guide/ ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #1 Reinventing Paper
  11. 11. 6 Easy Ways to Publish eBooks 1. Liber.io 1. http://liber.io/ 2. (Write in Google Drive  eBook) 2. Draft 1. http://draftin.com/ 3. iBooks Author 4. LeanPub 1. http://leanpub.com/ 5. Powerpoint or Keynote (Yes you can!) 6. Scrivener Learn more: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/publish-ebooks-free/ ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #1 Reinventing Paper
  12. 12. Did you know?  You can export your notes from Kindle or iBooks into Evernote?  See 11 Ways eBooks Can Improve Your Life: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/11-reasons-ebooks/  You can convert almost any format of ebook to another using Calibre?  See The Epic eBook Guide: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/epic-ebook-guide/  Students can set up a kindle email  Put them in a group and email docs to them (a small charge will be incurred unless you hook it up directly via cable.) ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #1 Reinventing Paper
  13. 13. Reinventing Writing Recommendation  Evaluate Amazon Whispernet  Create a place where you can distribute or link to free ebook content  Older students set up a profile on kindle.amazon.com  Learn to export notes from books  Make epublishing part of what you do #1 Reinventing Paper Learn More: Chapter 3, Reinventing Writing
  14. 14. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  15. 15. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  16. 16. Popular Notebook Services 1. Evernote 2. One Note 3. Google Keep Learn More: Reinventing Writing: Chapter 4 ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #2 Reinventing Notetaking
  17. 17. Notes area Reminders Search Shortcuts for frequently used items
  18. 18. Did you know you can create checklists and store files?
  19. 19. Share your notetaking and files
  20. 20. One Note: Only Collaborative Notebook service
  21. 21. Reinventing Writing Recommendation  Select an official notebook service for your school  Connect students and teachers  Share notes  Learn to capture, annotate, and find  See if students can find notes at a later date #2 Reinventing Notetaking Learn More: Reinventing Writing: Chapter 4
  22. 22. Did you know? Feature Evernote One Note Set up an email to send notes to your notebook   Set up your networked copier to send scanned documents (via email)   Use IFTTT to link your notebook to other services   Use a browser plug in to clip sites and info   Capture Screen pics Skitch One Note Clipper Set up an import folder to automatically bring in documents  Use Onetastic – not really available Collaborative Spaces to Edit Shared notebooks can’t edit simultaneously  #2 Reinventing Notetaking
  23. 23. Meet the new notecard Hyperlink is part of bookmark Learn More: Reinventing Writing: Chapter 5
  24. 24. Features of the New Notecard (Diigo) Annotate Websites: Privately, To a group or publicly Group Bookmarks http://physicsofthefuture.wikispaces.com Student efolios Citation Reports
  25. 25. www.classtools.net Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  26. 26. http://www.classtools.net/fb/home/page Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  27. 27. Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  28. 28. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  29. 29. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? Dropbox * Google Drive * One Drive
  30. 30. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  31. 31. Amazing Race “Cloud Edition”
  32. 32. Did you know? You’re not stuck! You can move your files. Mover.io
  33. 33. Dropbox: Did you know?  You can connect to your students and share files  Dropbox is a great way to share videos  You can create a folder people can upload to using dropitto.me  Sortmybox will help you organize and move your dropbox materials  Jotform sends forms straight to Dropbox  Automate Dropbox with IFTTT  You can create a website from a Dropbox Folder using site44  My bookmarks of all the things you can do with Dropbox: https://www.diigo.com/user/coolcatteacher/dropbox ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #5 Reinventing Filing Cabinets
  34. 34. Google Drive: Did you know?  You can install Google Drive like a Dropbox Folder  You can set up shared class folders  Google Drive can link with other services (like wevideo)  See “Becoming a Google Drive Master”  http://j.mp/gdrive-master #5 Reinventing Filing Cabinets
  35. 35. One Drive: Did you know?  Integrated with Office and Windows 8 (no need to install)  If you don’t buy the service, only 3 students can sign up PER DAY behind a firewall (I give it as a home assignment/ school supply)  Free versions of Word/ Excel/ Powerpoint available online with your files if you use it  Replaces the “Jump Drive” more easily than anything else. #5 Reinventing Filing Cabinets
  36. 36. Reinventing Writing Recommendation  Set up collaborative writing tools  Make sure teachers know how to give text and voice feedback  Empower peer feedback  Train and connect everyone!  Teach students (and teachers) to convert files of all types  Teach students how to convert and use many types of cloud tools #5 Reinventing Filing Cabinets Learn More: Reinventing Writing: Chapter 6
  37. 37. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? So much more than the “essay” - reinventing wordprocessors
  38. 38. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? 1. Google Drive 2. One Drive (Microsoft Word/ Office 365) 3. Etherpad (for server installation)
  39. 39. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  40. 40. Did you know?
  41. 41. Did you know?  You can call people and live chat them from inside Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel in Office 365?  You can live edit Microsoft Word now?  You can get Microsoft Office on the iPad now?  Microsoft Office has Add Ons too?  http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/store/ ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #5 Reinventing Word Processors
  42. 42. Did you know?  Zamzar.com can convert almost any format? ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #5 Reinventing Word Processors
  43. 43. Reinventing Writing Recommendation  Set up collaborative writing tools  Make sure teachers know how to give text and voice feedback  Empower peer feedback  Train and connect everyone!  Teach students (and teachers) to convert files of all types #5 Reinventing Word Processors Learn More: Reinventing Writing: Chapter 7
  44. 44. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  45. 45. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  46. 46. Karen Lirenman Kathy Cassidy Building Student Learning Communities through Twitter http://j.mp/lirenman-twitter Using Twitter in a Primary Classroom http://j.mp/primary-twitter Class Twitter Accounts Open Doors
  47. 47. Did you know? http://www.classtools.net/twister/ You can make “Fake Tweets” at Classtools.net
  48. 48. Reinventing Writing Recommendation  Set up a blogging platform for your students  Encourage feedback and connection  Find a Quadblogging Group for every classroom in your school  Use microblogging to communicate and connect with the world  Give your classroom a public platform to share and connect #6 Reinventing Journals & Reports Learn More: Reinventing Writing: Chapter 8
  49. 49. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  50. 50. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  51. 51. Popular Wiki Websites 1. Wikispaces 2. PBWiki 3. Install Media Wiki ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #7 Reinventing Group Reports
  52. 52. Popular Group Website Creators 1. Weebly 2. Wix 3. Webs 4. Google Sites ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented? #7 Reinventing Group Reports
  53. 53. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  54. 54. See https://wiki.itap.purdue.edu/display/INSITE/Mindmeister
  55. 55. Did you know? You should preplan what you’ll write before you start collaborative writing? Favorite outlining tools: Hackpad, Google Drive, Etherpad, Office 365
  56. 56. Brainstorming tool bubbl.us/ Source: http://www.web2teachingtools.com/bubbl_us.html Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  57. 57. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  58. 58. ReinventingWriting Hashtag: #reinvent14 @coolcatteacher Part 1: How has writing been reinvented?
  59. 59. See: 7 Ways to Use Canva to Create Compelling Graphics http://www.coolcatteacher.com/canva-how-to/
  60. 60. Did you know?  Captions under images are read 300% more than body copy  Headlines placed below an image are read by 10% more people than headlines above  Never break the left margin  Images should either have: story appeal or demonstrate something  See: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/shocking-truth-about-graphics/ #9 Reinventing Illustrations
  61. 61. Spelling City www.spellingcity.com Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  62. 62. www.funbrain.com Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  63. 63. Visuwords – www.visuwords.com Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  64. 64. Google Forms – A school survey Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  65. 65. Goes into Spreadsheet Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  66. 66. Cool Trick Copy out of spreadsheet into Wordle! Step 1: Convert Everything to lowercase by pasting into MS Word. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  67. 67. www.wordle.net Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  68. 68. What Westwood Students own Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  69. 69. Wikisource: Copy Text from Famous Speech http://en.wikisource.org Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  70. 70. http://www.tagxedo.com/ Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  71. 71. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  72. 72. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  73. 73. Wikis! http://westwood.wikispaces.com Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  74. 74. www.edmodo.com Free, blogging, assignments Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  75. 75. Give assignments and receive responses Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  76. 76. Assignments Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  77. 77. Trello – project management! Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  78. 78. Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  79. 79. “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S. Lewis Build your circle of the wise RSS Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  80. 80. Tons of free resources for your whiteboard / classroom http://www.mentormob.com Theresa Allen’s page: http://j.mp/1dDkYbO Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  81. 81. List.ly
  82. 82. Ed.ted.com – great flipped tool
  83. 83. Cel.ly: Mobile networks
  84. 84. • Find apps on iPad / iPod to find new tools • App Advice • Apps gone free • For Droid – • See Richard Byrne! • @rmbyrne App Advice Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  85. 85. Feedly.com Replacement for Google reader Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  86. 86. Netvibes.com or Pageflakes.com For building Classroom Monitoring Portals (CMP) Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  87. 87. • Flipboard • Editor.flipboard.com – can co-curate magazines also! My “personal” newspaper Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  88. 88. You become like those you are around. • What are you reading? • Kindle • iCatcher – iPhone/ iPad • Every Classroom matters (my show!) ;-) • Subscribe to videos and listen • Have a personal “radio station” for the drive to school Staying Positive Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  89. 89. • RSS Reader - www.igoogle.com • eBook Reader - Kindle • Diigo http://groups.diigo.com/groups/educators • Listen in – http://www.edtechtalk.com • Join Twitter – http://www.twitter.com • K12 online – http://k12onlineconference.org • Networking Organizations • Discovery Educators • Flat Classrooms – http://flatclassrooms.ning.com Connect yourself! Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  90. 90. “95% of what you accomplish is due to your habits” Brian Tracey Have routines to help keep you focused Top Teaching •Teaching Helps •Making Meaning •Classroom Management •Finding Cool Classroom Tools •Building your PLN •Staying positive
  91. 91. •Couch to 5K App •Weight Watchers App
  92. 92. 30/30 app
  93. 93. Change your life Focus on your routines
  94. 94. Sharing the message • Automate Automate Automate! Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  95. 95. Setting up to have an easy social media distribution plan Create a blog on blogger.com Use feedburner to create a feed Feedburner email (lets people sign up with a form) Take the feed into Twitterfeed Twitterfeed posts to Twitter Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  96. 96. Now one post can! Blog Post Email to subscribers Tweet from the post Facebook fan page update
  97. 97. • Go into blogger settings  Mobile and Email • Make an email – now your secretary or principal can update using email. Make it easier
  98. 98. www.hootsuite.com Schedule updates like lunch menus. Social Media • Sharing classroom and school happenings
  99. 99. • Weebly.com • Webs.com • Wixx.com • Wikispaces • Wordpress • Voicethread (for younger students) • Burn DVD Efolios 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  100. 100. http://rubistar.4teachers.org Top Teaching • Teaching Helps • Making Meaning • Classroom Management • Finding Cool Classroom Tools • Building your PLN • Staying positive
  101. 101. Voicethread www.voicethread.com • See these in action on the Eracism Project • http://eracism.flatclassr oomproject.org/Semi+F inals+VoiceThreads 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  102. 102. Monetize the photos your annual staff is taking. I hereby authorize the School to use photographs, videos, writings, artwork, and audio recordings of my child in school media and advertisements. I understand that I must notify the Ravenscroft Communications Office, in writing, to change this authorization. Ravenscroft School www.smugmug.com 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  103. 103. Free painting software http://www.getpaint.net/ ---- ninite 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  104. 104. Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  105. 105. Stellarium http://www.stellarium.org 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  106. 106. Microsoft Worldwide Telescope http://www.worldwidetelescope.org 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  107. 107. Build your own planetarium http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/ExperienceIt/ExperienceIt.aspx?Page=Dome 21st century competencies •eFolios •Collaborative Writing •Cloud Tools for Whole Schools •Multimedia •eBooks •3D Virtual Worlds
  108. 108. • Son of Citation Machine • Noodlebib • EasyBib • Citation generator in Microsoft Word Citations Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings
  109. 109. Google nGram Viewer http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/ Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings
  110. 110. Google nGram Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings
  111. 111. Wolfram Alpha http://www.wolframalpha.com Research • Citation and Annotation • Authentic Research • Sharing your findings
  112. 112. • Timebridge • Doodle Setting appointments Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  113. 113. Dropbox www.dropbox.com My key to paperless Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  114. 114. www.droptito.me Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  115. 115. Skype www.skype.com Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management
  116. 116. File Management Productivity • Bridging Time Zones • Paperless Classroom • File Management Color Code
  117. 117. Name your files • Use Belvedere to delete junk drawer
  118. 118. Screenleap
  119. 119. Livebinders http://livebinders.com/play/present?id=164223
  120. 120. http://www.epals.com/
  121. 121. www.iearn.org
  122. 122. Fantastic Tools for Schools 50+ ways to rock! Vicki Davis, Teacher Slides and Links will be posted at www.coolcatteacher.com/JRNC

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